Coconuts are usually thought of as a tropical treat, but it is Irish scientists who have focused on the oil from coconuts as a possible powerhouse in dental health. The researchers from Athlone Institute of Technology zeroed in on coconut oil in relation to cavities. As it turns out, coconut oil holds compounds which inhibit Streptococcus mutans. These are the germs that directly create acid and cause tooth decay. Southlake dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright knows that alternative methods can enhance a well-rounded dental health routine. But don’t replace your toothpaste with coconut oil just yet.
Coconuts Under the Microscope
What is your favorite coconut recipe? Are you a cream pie person? Do you love sipping pina colodas out of a hollowed out coconut shell when on vacation? Are macaroons your favorite cookie of all time? Coconut contains a high content of saturated fat when reduced to pure oil form. For this reason, the oil was thought of as unhealthy for a long time. While coconut flesh is touted for a high fiber content, the oil should not be discounted. According to the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick, rinsing your mouth with coconut oil could translate into fewer cavities.
Chemical Reactions for Healthier Teeth
Dr. Damien Brady was at the helm of the Irish research team. He suggests that the best way to unleash the power of coconuts in terms of dental health is to introduce enzymes to coconut oil. The reaction of these compounds brings about the same environment as the human digestion system. If this enzymatic reaction is manufactured en masse, incorporation into dental self-care products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes are in the future. Coconut oil extract has the potential for providing a powerful supplement to supercharge oral hygiene benefits.
Visit your Southlake Dentists
Are you due for a dental checkup? As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.